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Frozen hydrants create hurdles for firefighters

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The steady stream of sub-freezing temperatures are freezing a stream of water that could mean the difference between life and death.  Firefighters were battling more than just flames on recent runs.

We all know how important a fire hydrant can be when a fire breaks out.  The firefighters' ability to get to that hydrant is priority one.  But, once they do connect, the water doesn't always freely flow. 

Last night, firefighters in Wayne Township dealt with a frozen hydrant along with the single digit temperatures.  This was the scene at a mobile home fire in the 38-hundred block of Rockville Ave in Wayne Township.

When fire crews discovered the nearest hydrant was frozen, they said they were prepared.

"You never know when a hydrant's gonna be frozen," said Wayne Township's George Boots. "That's why we do some of the things we do tactically to bring in a separate engine and separate water source to having other engines back up the next incoming engine. So when situations like that do arise, we're already thinking ahead and we're prepared to do what it takes to mitigate the problem."

The battle against Mother Nature continued for firefighters in Edinburgh where several fire departments were called in to knock down a house fire on Walnut Street.  A mother and her son lived in the house and were home at the time of the fire.  Both escaped.  

The firefighters called in extra help to battle the flames partly because of the frigid temperatures and dangerous conditions due to ice forming around the scene.


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